Loving and Leaving the Schengen Zone

Nostalgic Lisbon had been a sun-dappled dream, but my 90 Schengen Zone days were rapidly coming to an end. I couldn’t bear the thought of parting with my morning pingado and pastel de nata, but as a non-EU citizen without a long-term visa, the rules in place allowed me only 3 months of basking in the European lifestyle. But unwilling to accept defeat, I did … Continue reading Loving and Leaving the Schengen Zone

An island of winter: House sitting in north Cyprus, Part 2

In January, winter is fully upon the island, the wettest, windiest moment, and when the north wind blows, the snow-cold air from Turkey stings your face.¬†Even if I go two days in a row to the local Gungor market (the Gungor family is a sort of empire in the area and owns several buses, a gas station and several other markets in the village), Berkan, … Continue reading An island of winter: House sitting in north Cyprus, Part 2

A Paradise Lost: House sitting in north Cyprus, Part 1

(Notes from my house sitting experience back in late 2011 through spring 2012) Karpaz is one of those places that many people have never heard of and will never see in its current pristine state. Even its geographical distance from the western world only underscores how distant our understanding is of truly untouched wildlife, of isolated and unspoilt nature. But it exists, here among the … Continue reading A Paradise Lost: House sitting in north Cyprus, Part 1